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The greater Agulhas Current system: an integrated study of its mesoscale variability

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Show simple item record Backeberg, Bjørn C. Johannessen, Johnny A. Bertino, Laurent Reason, Chris J.C. 2008-05-15T06:43:51Z 2008-05-15T06:43:51Z 2008-02
dc.identifier.citation en
dc.identifier.issn 1755876X
dc.description.abstract For the purpose of developing an operational oceanography system for the greater Agulhas Current regime, a high resolution Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) has been set in a nested configuration. The intense and complex current regime poses a challenge in modelling. However, access to satellite and in-situ data with strong and persistent signals of the dynamics and mesoscale variability ensure that adequate model validation is feasible. The study concludes that HYCOM reproduces the general larger scale circulation of the greater Agulhas Current reasonably accurately in addition to the regionally specific characteristics and mesoscale variability. Furthermore, strong anticyclonic eddies occurring in the Mozambique Channel at a frequency of 5–6 per year, are found to drift southward and merge with the northern Agulhas Current. Evidence of these eddies can also be tracked further southwestwards into the southern Agulhas Current and sometimes all the way towards the Agulhas retroflection region. Operational forecasting of the greater Agulhas Current, and in particular the retroflection, must therefore adequately account for the presence and influence of the Mozambique Channel eddies, in order to forecast their evolution on time scales from days to weeks en
dc.description.sponsorship This work has been supported by the Mohn-Sverdrup Center for Global Ocean Studies and Operational Oceanography, through a private donation from Trond Mohn C/O Frank Mohn AS, Bergen, Norway, and a grant for CPU time from the Norwegian Supercomputing (NOTUR) project. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Operational Oceanography en
dc.relation.ispartofseries (1)1 2008 en
dc.subject Oceanography en
dc.title The greater Agulhas Current system: an integrated study of its mesoscale variability en
dc.type Journal article en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Matematikk og Naturvitenskap: 400 en

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